Winter Ikebana & Food event with Houzz
Last month we held our first ever London event. It's been a long term plan to take Sisterhood out of the South West and on the road to meet you all. So it was so exciting to be in the big smoke.
Houzz had invited us to take over the 'house' for a day in their week long Soho pop-up 'the Houzz of 2018'. A five-storey townhouse on Greek Street in Soho, London. Each floor of this tall narrow house was a beautifully styled room setting, with all the products available to buy online at Houzz.
Our event took place in the Nespresso cafe on the top floor - there were a lot of stairs! But we managed to take up food, flowers and props to there and back :)
The morning started with the guests arriving and settling in to a Nespresso coffee. Soon, Erin Trezise-Wallace shared with our guests her take on Ikebana. Ikebana is an ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. The word translated means 'giving life to flowers'. A deeply spiritual practice, with mindfulness properties, Ikebana provides a way to connect with nature and bring the outdoors into your home.
Erin took our guests through the basics. How to use the 'kenzan' the metal pin cushion which holds the stems in place. To the shape of the arrangement and how to place your flowers. Then it was the Sister's chance to have a go. Eager to get stuck in, they each carefully selected their mix of dried foraged ingredients and seasonal blooms of hellebores and caramel coloured carnations.
Using the beautiful ceramics from Rebecca Proctor, the Sisters sat and chatted and made their own arrangements with the helpful guidance of Erin. One of our favourite things is seeing women coming together to create beautiful things.
After the Ikebana workshop, the Sisters had half an hour to wander the Houzz rooms for interior inspiration, before returning to the cafe for cocktails and lunch.
Hannah from Our Vodka/London created beautiful chamomile and vodka cocktails for the sisters.
Easy like a Sunday Morning Cocktail
- 35ml chamomile infused Our/London Vodka
- 20ml lemon + coriander seed honey syrup
- Tonic water
- Lemon slice + chamomile flowers to garnish
- Fill a glass with ice and pour over chamomile infused Our/London Vodka + honey syrup.
- Stir and top with soda then garnish with lemon round and a sprinkle of chamomile flowers.
- A perfect drink to compliment a spring menu.
Full recipe on how to make your chamomile infused vodka and the honey syrup can be found by downloading our FREE e-guide to this event. Just click over here, fill in your details and download.
Claire Thomson, Sisterhood Chef and total star, cooked a sumptuous three course meal in a kitchen the size of a postage stamp. We honestly don't know how she did it. All we know is when the apocalypse comes, we want her on our side, because she is unflappable.
Using simple seasonal ingredients, each dish that Claire created was off the scale in deliciousness. All around the room was laughter and appreciation for the food and deep conversations. After the meal Claire answered a few questions on her latest book 'The Art of the Larder', which is available in all good book shops and on line in Amazon too.
Full recipes of Claire's menu will be coming soon. She is super busy writing her fourth book - which we cannot wait to read it.
Special thanks to:
Houzz for inviting us to take over the Nespresso Cafe for a day. And to Nespresso for letting us use the facilities and provide our guests with delicious coffee. Thank you to our guests for coming and making our first London event so amazing.
Thank you to the Goody Bag submissions:
If you would like to join us for our next Ikebana and food event - exactly the same as this one. We shall be running it again at The Forge in Bristol on Saturday 28th April 2018. For more details and how to book please click on the button below or head to our events page.